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How to Explore Hua Hin, Thailand, With Kids

A Complete Guide for a Family Holiday

By Eliza BeatrixPublished 4 months ago 4 min read
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Image via Avani+ Hua Hin Resort

Just a two-hour drive from Bangkok, Hua Hin boasts a beautiful beach. It's a favourite weekend spot for people from Bangkok. In fact, Hua Hin was Thailand's first beach holiday spot. These days, visitors come here for water sports, beach fun, hotels, street food stalls, night markets, and lovely temples. Visiting Hua Hin with your kids? This is how you can make the most of your time here.

Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa is one of the top, age-old floating markets in Thailand. It's the spot for food lovers, those into culture, and anyone up for a fresh experience. Open from 9 am to 10 pm on weekends, Amphawa Floating Market has all the classic Thai treats – think seafood, boat noodles, and amazing Thai sweets.

The cute stalls have a mix of cool things like gifts, clothes, jewellery, and art. The best part? Most of it is homemade.

Also, taking a ride on a Thai Longtail Boat, gliding on the Mae Klong River and its tight canals, is an absolute must!

Stay at a Family-Friendly Resort

Staying at a family-friendly resort like Avani+ Hua Hin Resort is essential if you want a comfortable place to lay your head after a day of activities. Most of these resorts offer plenty of things to do with kids in Hua Hin so that they can have as much fun as you do. Do your research, and you’ll find an array of options to suit every need.

Vana Nava Water Jungle

Looking for some adventure? Check out Vana Nava Water Jungle in Hua Hin. This is not just any water park; it's the highlight of Hua Hin.

What's cool is that Vana Nava isn't all about fun and adventure – it's eco-friendly too. Here, you can expect top-notch rides, including Thailand's longest water slide, the Boomerango, and a mega-high ropes course.

Horse Riding

Fancy a gallop on Hua Hin's beaches? Horses are a big part of the beach scene here, taking visitors for rides along the pristine sands. If your little one loves horses, think about heading to the well-known Hua Hin Horse Club and Farm. They offer rides and lessons for everyone, from beginners to pros, all in a safe setting. For a chill ride with great views, try the beach ride at Khao Tao or a short 30-minute trail.

Cicada Night Market

You should take your kids on a weekend shopping spree while you’re here. The Cicada Market in Khao Takiab Village, just a stone's throw from the beach, is a must-visit in Hua Hin. It's not just any market – there are handcrafted goodies, tasty street food stalls, and a lovely vibe with lanterns in the trees, and open dining spots. The stalls are a treat for the eyes too. Plus, it's not just about shopping – you can experience a bit of culture with theatre shows and mini-concerts at the Amphitheatre.

Arts and Crafts

Looking for a quirky day out with the family? For Art's Sake in Hua Hin is the spot. Spread over two floors, this isn't your average museum; it offers an interactive experience. Get ready for some cool 4D art where you can pose alongside incredibly lifelike pieces by top Thai artists. It's fun for all ages, and there are different themed zones:

Behind the Imagination Zone to those creative juices flowing.

Child Flashback Zone for a trip down memory lane.

Horror Zone – watch out for the zombies and monsters; it's spooky!

Mirror Climb Zone lets you virtually climb walls and ceilings.

Buildings Camouflage Zone plays with perspective to make spaces seem endless.

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

For a day out in nature, Head to Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. It's about 60 km from Hua Hin and boasts lovely limestone hills along the Gulf of Thailand. Here's what you can look forward to:

Sam Phraya Beach: Ideal for a chill day

Sai Cave: Fancy a bit of adventure? A quick hike up will take you to a cave filled with cool stalactites and stalagmites.

Pranburi Forest Park: Wander through a mangrove on a boardwalk or take a boat trip up the Pranburi River. Perfect for bird-watching.

Hua Hin Beach

Hua Hin Beach is a gem. Famous for its stunning sunrises and laidback atmosphere, it's the perfect place for those looking for some peace and quiet. But if the kids are in tow, there's no shortage of fun stuff for them, from banana boat rides and pony treks to water skiing. If you want a bit of pampering, you can get a massage right there on the beach.

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